ALLOUEZ, Wis. — Jim Temp, a La Crosse native and former Green Bay Packers defensive end who remained active in the Green Bay community for years after his playing days, has died. He was 79.
Temp, who played for the Packers from 1957 to 1960, later served on the team’s board of directors and had a residence hall named after him at UW-Green Bay.
He died Sunday at a local hospital, according to Cotter Funeral Home in De Pere. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Temp’s wife, Carol Jean Temp, said Temp was proud of being a former Packers player. The couple was happy to make their home here, even after a shoulder injury shortened his career on the field, she said.
“We just really liked Green Bay,” she said. “It was a comfortable fit.”
Temp, who grew up in La Crosse, starred in football and baseball at the University of Wisconsin. He was named the school’s top athlete during his senior year in 1955 and was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
He was chosen by the Packers in the second round of the 1955 NFL draft, but served in the Army for two years. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, he joined the Packers in 1957, playing 43 games over four seasons, including his last two seasons under Vince Lombardi.
After his football days were over, Temp went into the insurance business in Green Bay and became an active supporter of UW-Green Bay. In the 1980s, he led a $2.5 million fundraising drive for UW-Green Bay and was honored with the university’s naming of James A. Temp Hall, a student dormitory that opened in 1989.
He also was active in other local charities.
Temp rejoined the Packers in 1987 as a member of the team’s board of directors. He also served on its executive committee from 1993 to 2004, when he received emeritus status.
Temp’s wife said he had battled heart disease in recent years and became ill Sunday night while watching the Packers-Giants game on television at home in Allouez.
In addition to his wife, Temp is survived by four daughters, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.